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Legal Standing of Cannabis for Ohio

Ohio Marijuana / Cannabis Medical Use Law: Legal

  • House Bill 523: September 8, 2016, legalizes medical marijuana in Ohio.
  • Before medical marijuana may be dispensed to or for, possessed by or for, or administered by or for a prospective patient, the prospective patient must be placed on the registry established by the state board of pharmacy in accordance with section 3796.08 of the Revised Code.
  • No patient identification cards are being issued by the state of Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program (MMCP) at this time.
  • The only valid state ID cards will be issued by the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy once the state’s patient registry becomes available no later than September 2018.

Ohio Recreational Marijuana / Cannabis Recreational Use Law: Illegal

  • The use of recreational marijuana is illegal in Ohio

Medical Marijuana in Ohio

House Bill 523, effective on September 8, 2016, legalizes medical marijuana in Ohio. The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program will allow people with certain medical conditions, upon the recommendation of an Ohio-licensed physician certified by the State Medical Board, to purchase and use medical marijuana.

While the legislation set a basic framework for the program, it left the task of establishing specific rules and guidelines for the cultivation, processing, testing, dispensing and medical use of marijuana to different state agencies.

The Ohio Department of Commerce and the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy are required by law to take all actions necessary to ensure that Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program is fully operational no later than September 2018. At that time, there will be an established structure for Ohioans with a qualifying medical condition to obtain a recommendation for medical marijuana, purchase medical marijuana from a licensed dispensary, and consume medical marijuana.

Medical Marijuana Facility Licensing

All parties that are interested in obtaining a dispensary license should first become familiar with Chapter 3796 of the Revised Code as well as the Dispensary and general rules under Agency 3796 of the Administrative Code. The next step in the process is to complete and submit an application. A copy of the rules, application forms and instructions can be found below.

Dispensary Rules

Forms & Methods of Administration Rules

Dispensary Application Document A – Instructions

Dispensary Application Document B – Model Application

Dispensary Application Document C – Tax Authorization Form

Dispensary Application Document D – Zoning Form

Dispensary Application Document E – Trade Secret Form

Dispensary Application Document F – Attestation and Release Authorization Form

Dispensary Award Process – FAQ

Laws and Legislation from Ohio's Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act

Medical Marihuana Facility Licensing Application

Medical Marihuana Facility Licensing Application Form